We want you to encounter God and to develop your understanding of faith and how a strong faith can support you in your day to day life. So we have a range of ways to help you with that encounter.
Alpha Online is a great way to explore the Christian faith either for the first time or as a refresher. The sessions are informal, friendly and unpressurised. No question is off-limits! Our next Alpha Online will start on Wednesday 26th January 2022. It will take place via Zoom, on Wednesday evenings, 7.30 - 8.45 pm. More details to follow soon.
The Remarkable Story of Ruth.
Thursday evenings on Zoom.
The little Old Testament book of Ruth is a gem. In just four chapters, we meet the inspiring person of Ruth. Despite enduring great tragedy and hardship in her life, her new-found faith in a God whom she has been introduced to by her mother-in-law, is quite remarkable. Ruth does not let adversity and 'the way things were' drag her back into the past. Rather she looks hopefully into the future. Surely this is a story for our time, as we embark on a new year full of uncertainties. Join us on Zoom to see how the story unfolds!
The dates for our studies in Ruth are:
Thursdays 27th, January, 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th February 2022, from 7.30-8.45pm, on Zoom. For more details, please contact Canon Neal on firstname.lastname@example.org
Confirmation is what it says on the tin - us as adults confirming the promises made for us at Baptism, which for some of us was as babies or children. Confirmation can be relevant at any time in our adult lives. It helps us to dig deeper into what it means to follow Jesus, looking at such issues as being a Christian seven days a week, why we worship, reading the Bible and prayer, and the work of the Holy Spirit. We aim to run courses a couple of times a year and, as we emerge from the pandemic, we are looking to run some later this year, and to arrange with the Bishops for a Confirmation service in the Cathedral.
Centering Prayer is one particular way of doing Christian meditation which uses a prayer word as a way of anchoring yourself when your thoughts begin to stray. It is based on the teaching of the anonymous 14th century spiritual classic The Cloud of Unknowing. It is a very simple but effective way of beginning to use silence in prayer. We meet on Zoom on Wednesdays from 19:00 - 20:00. The sessions include some conversation about the practice, a way of supporting each other, and a 20 minute time of silence. The sessions are led by Revd Mark Waters who is a trained presenter of Centering Prayer. Please contact Mark for details of the Zoom link at email@example.com
Join us for a one-day workshop on Centering Prayer on Saturday 22nd January 2022. Find out more information, here.
Christian meditation is the practice of the prayer of silence and stillness to get close to God. It is as old as Christianity itself, rooted in the prayer life of Jesus who, we are told in the gospels, regularly took himself off to places of quiet in order to pray.
Christian meditation aims to still the mind from its endless chatter in order to meet the God within, who is closer to us than we are to ourselves. It is about letting go of words, thoughts, and images in an act of simply letting go into God. It does not replace other forms of prayer but complements them. At a certain point and after some practice, meditation gives way to contemplation, when we may be aware of a sense of strong union with God.
No previous experience is necessary to join our sessions as direction will be given. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer the weekly Wednesday meditation session at present, however, an online offer from the World Community for Christian Meditation is available at
Weekdays from 1.00 - 1.30 pm.
There is also a free World Community for Christian Meditation Lent course 'Introduction to Christian Meditation' which may be found at: